Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AUGUST: AND THEN THEY WERE BOTH IN SCHOOL

 And just like that Caderyn's first day of school arrived. 
*Insert Sarah doing a backflip here*
He was excited to get back to school and see his friends because as I'm sure so many of you other parents heard, he was "Soooooooooo bored."
But let's cut the silliness for a minute. 
Second grade. Seeeeecond graaaaaaaade.
How is my oldest baby in second grade? 
We've had quite a year of growth in our little man. 
He's beginning to test the boundaries, but also realize some limits.
 He is smart, goofy, and caring.
Now that we're a month into school, Caderyn is starting to get the hang of this second grade thing. There may be more homework than he's typically used to, but not one day has gone by since school started that he hasn't rushed up to me and told me he's had a great day at school. He adores his teacher and has a great group of friends at school. I feel so comfortable dropping him off every morning, it just feels like home.
 I know that with each passing year school can be more of a challenge, and, especially as his parents, we will be challenged to push him to excel and do his best.
Caderyn has a bright future ahead of him. My challenge is to keep that fire, that drive in him so he strives to be a lifelong learner and an advocate for the educational system.
So without further adieu, here are Caderyn's first day of school pictures.
Showing off his fancy new backpack.
You know I actually did okay until we got to school and Caderyn was all lined up with his class and then...I lost it. I was the mom with tears streaming down my face grabbing her son and telling him how proud of him I am. 
I was THAT mom. 
But it's true. I was so proud of him and so excited for him, but also sad at that moment because I would never get that moment back again. He will never be in that moment, at that age again. I felt like time was moving too quickly.
The first weekend of the school year arrived and we made use of the sunshine and took the boys for a hike. Sure, they complained, but the conversation about nature far surpassed the whines after about the first ten minutes.
Proof that I was there.
Husband had to work the rest of that weekend so the boys and I went on a little pizza adventure to this old fashioned pizza place called Fargos.
It was quite the experience. The atmosphere was fun, the pizza was okay, the dessert was AMAZING.
And then we rode our bikes.
The end. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AUGUST: ONE CHILD BEGINS SCHOOL

 And slowly, so slowly, school started. 
Gibby was the first to go back. He's doing part-day preschool three days a week and that kiddo just loves it. He loves school. He loves his friends. He loves writing letters. He loves his teachers. He loves playing.
 Please note the snarky corgi that literally could not stand to not be included in the picture taking.
 And while Gibby was at school Caderyn devised a business plan.
 And can I just inject here for a moment...
Proud mom moment. This child is now hooked on Harry Potter. 
MOM FOR THE WIN!
We let Caderyn read the first three books this summer and, despite a slow start, he quickly devoured them in probably a month. 
So now it's "Harry Potter" this and "Harry Potter that all the time.
 Caderyn's last few days of summer also ticked by, and we made sure to visit the zoo one more time before school started 
Again, I love that zoo.

After our zoo trip, Caderyn had a friend come over and they worked tirelessly to sell their lemonade.
They worked hard for a solid hour and were happy with the fact that they made $8 each.
 The Sunday after, Jeff and I snuck away for a little day date.
We hiked the Seven Bridges Trail and LOVED it. 
We took the little miss (Lucy) along and you would have thought it was the best day ever. 
She got exercise, she played in the water, she peed on everything. 
You could almost hear her shrieks of excitement bouncing around the canyon.
 And now presenting, "Awkward Shots By Sarah"

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

AUGUST: LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER NEAR AN END

 As we neared the start of the school season, summer seemed stretch her days just for us.
We kept things low key, but fun.
Like taking a trip to the splash fountain.
Proof that I was there.
We played in the water until the storm rolled in. I tell ya, this place gets some crazy storms.
Just sitting under my Spiderman umbrella avoiding the harsh rays of the sun.
A little bit of rainbow after the storm.
I got to go out with a friend to The Rabbit Hole and try some delicious food and drinks. This one was called The White Rabbit and it was served with a flaming marshmallow. 
Caderyn and a friend started a lemonade stand and made $40. Whoa! After that Caderyn wanted to do a lemonade stand every weekend.
The Olympics started and the boys actually liked watching the events. We were glued to our television every night cheering on the athletes.
And, oh those summer nights!
Especially when you can see a storm rolling in off the mountains.